kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Jasmine Body Oil Review

A couple of observations:

  • Body Oils are such a treat. Something about applying what could be a face oil to the body just makes one feel luxuriated far more than any lotion.
  • Finding the right jasmine can be tricky, some are too cloying, too spicy, too sweet. It’s the ultimate goldilocks scent, so once you find one that sits right with you, treasure it.
  • Kimberlyloc, a fellow blogger turned friend over the years, knows her jasmine.

So when Kim asked if I would like to try her Jasmine Body Oil collaboration with Rachel’s Plan Bee, there was no way that I was going to say no.

I’ll be honest, my aesthetic is very much on the decidedly non-flowery side, so I did not think I’d love the packaging. Yet, I have to say the bottle looked pretty good standing amongst my collection of minimally designed bottles and grew on me with each glance. It just looks like a delight and I love the weighty feel in my hands.

Enough about the exterior, let’s move onto the good stuff that’s inside:

Ingredients: prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, tocopherol (mixed)**, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine grande) flower oil, jasminum sambac (jasmine sambac) flower oil, rosa damascena (rose) absolute, vanilla planifolia, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, caprylic capric triglycerides.

*certified organic **non-gmo

The first thing I noticed and appreciated was the good mix of solid carrier oils like Apricot Kernel, Grape Seed (the main base in Vintner’s Daughter’s very expensive serum) along with my favorite essential oils like Jasmine and Rose. Second, there are two different types of Jasmine oil, Jasmine Grande Flower Oil from the Jasmine Grandiflorum species of Jasmine which has the sweeter, floral scent and the rarer Jasmine Sambac Oil from the Jasmine Sambac species of Jasmine which has a greener, tea like scent. I find this to be really well balanced and really brings out the best in the Jasmine fragrance profile, leaving us with a scent that is clean, floral, and smooth.

The addition of rose, vanilla, and sweet orange oil added even more depth to the fragrance. Now here’s an update: originally, I was concerned that the sweet orange oil would be photosensitizing but Kim actually provided educational materials that showed sweet orange oil is one of the rare citrus oils that is *not* photosensitizing, so win-win!

When testing body oil performance, I always check that my skin feels hydrated without the oil itself being too heavy, a balancing act that can be different to manage, yet this does the job. The oil pumps out on the weightier side but absorbs quite quickly into skin so you get the best of both worlds: moisture without feeling like you’re doused in oil. I’ve really taken to applying this on arms and legs on days where I just shaved as it just feels like next level comfort.

I’m not surprised that the kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan B Jasmine Body Oil was a hit, while I don’t know the Rachel’s Plan B brand very well, I do know that Kim knows her jasmine scents and also have a breadth of experience when it comes to body oils, so given her reference, it makes sense that the execution on those main fronts in this product were flawless. What I am surprised about is learning that the retail price for this hefty 3.8 oz bottle is only $39.00. Yes, you can also grab a 1 oz mini for $12.00 in dropper form, but seriously just get the full size. If you love body oils, you should get this one for the reasons listed above, and if you don’t usually go for body oils $39 isn’t a big leap to give it a try. As for me, I still have over half a bottle left but when it runs low and Winter rolls around, I’ll be sure to have a bottle of this jasmine goodness ready to go.

YÜLI Harmony Review

YÜLI is a line that’s the definition of game changing: clean ingredients, intelligent formulation and an ethos that is ahead of the pack. Few green lines can land a 2 page spread in Harper’s Bazaar, launch in Prague alongside the likes of cult fragrance line Byredo and ultra luxe Frederic Malle, and discuss “biodynamic agriculture and sustainable sourcing” in one breath. All this perhaps explains why the interest in this line grows stronger and stronger (yes I read all your e-mails!)

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When YÜLI announced their body oil release, I was curious to see how this brand that seemingly indulges in pushing the possibilities of clean and advanced skincare was going to put their stamp on their version of a body oil. Harmony was their answer in a crowded field that featured so many players with beautiful oil blends. So where does Harmony stand?

Harmony is described as an alchemy of flower and skin, infusing a regenerating flower complex that soothe inflammation, accelerate repair and healing, promote moisture, and increase cell renewal. What makes this complex special is the process, as beautiful whole flowers of Immortelle, wild grown French Lavender, Blue Water Lily, and Indian Lotus flower undergo an infusion process three times before they’re bottled. This is really a standout that no other body oils incorporate. And by the way, the infusion process itself takes place in a chamber that also imbibes the oils together with rose quartz, jade and amethyst gemstones while undergoing biophotonic-charging to measurably increase the potency of the plant actives and refining the oils on a molecular level to better penetrate into skin that other oils cannot. YÜLI doesn’t play.

Not to take away from the innovation of Harmony but the plant oils themselves are each worthy of accolade so let me draw your attention to the roster for a sec: Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Red Raspberry, Acai, Buriti, Watermelon seed. I mean… this in a face oil would be a superstar and YÜLI has bottled it for your body. An additional bonus, Harmony contains no citrus oils (YÜLI is known to refrain from using citrus and irritating/photosensitizing essential oils) as well as even all nut oils so it’s really wonderful for those with skin sensitivities. Intelligent. And below you can see how rich and vibrant the oil is (this was when I was on the last few pumps of Harmony and the oil’s color was still soooo full):

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The result is a body oil that is very light in texture but that packs a punch in hydration thanks to the molecular refining process that allows the oils to sink into skin so efficiently. My arms and legs immediately feel like they’re wrapped in silk and I wake up to soft and supple (I don’t like to use this word because it’s such a marketing word, but it’s so true in this case) skin.  I even feel like my skin quality is improved as it appears firmer, tighter and more even in tone and texture.

Although YÜLI is not a line that’s about the fragrance, I think their products smell really beautiful and Harmony – although a performance powerhouse, brings that luxurious quality with a very subdued and measured rose, amber, vanilla combination that feels indulgent but never heavy or cloying.

I’d like to say this has been a part of my daily ritual this winter but the truth is that I’ve been rationing it out. I’m really afraid of running out that at this point I seriously plan my orders 2 weeks in advance (does anyone else do this?????). When I do have a full bottle, I go to town with it after showers and even dab a little as a hair conditioner to get the delicious scent to linger. I also use this in the summer when my skin is more exposed because the oils also protect skin (see here). With this much use, the good thing is that I think this is really well priced at $80 for 3.4oz which is actually more affordable than most other body oils which don’t feature the ingredient roster this does nor the innovations that went into making this, so I consider this a staple product and have repurchased it twice already. It hydrates, refines and performs like nothing else, it was love at first pump.

 YÜLI Harmony ($80)

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Cleansing Oil & Body Oil Review

A tropical pineapple during the middle of winter? I know – how unseasonal! My first foray into the capsule collaboration between beauty blogger Elizabeth Dehn of BeautyBets and One Love Organics occurred this Fall during an extra special promotion that allowed me to dive in at once with the Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil/Makeup Remover and the Vitamin C Body Oil, as well as their Vitamin D Moisture Mist which will be for another review.

At this point you’ve probably read all the reviews describing these two oils as tropical paradise and I will add to this – regardless of whether it’s a pina colada scent or coconut-papaya the fragrance of these two oils is pure delight. I personally did not find it to be too fragrant or too sweet, just fun and effortless.

The Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover earns a lot of praise (a favorite of maaaaanny beauty bloggers) and I have to say I totally get it. Cleansing oils perform when it comes to removing make-up and sunscreen because the often times waterproof formulas are binded with oils for long lasting wear. Cleansing oils (and balms) are able to break down the oils thus the stubborn makeup and products we layer on our skin everyday. This cleansing oil has a couple more things going for it compared to others:

1. The fantastic, natural ingredients. Often times you fall in love with a cleansing oil and then read the instructions only to be disappointed by the fact that the good plant oils are either not there or pretty far down the list. Not this – good, natural plant oils begin the ingredients list and continue all the way through with Sunflower Seed base, pumpkin and papaya oils. These ingredients are not only high quality, they’re also entirely beneficial for skin so feel free to massage it around a bit before you wash off.

2. Emulsifiers. Green cleansing oils often are just oils that must be removed with a warm washcloth. Want something that can be washed off more cleanly? Try Tatcha or Boscia… but then be prepared for some iffy ingredients, well no more! This one has an emulsifier that allows it to more easily rinse off with water. So gone are the days of smoothing the make-up off only to be left with residue that is equally hard to remove.

While I’ll still follow this with an a cleanser to get into my skin for a deeper clean,  I appreciate this as a first cleanse (aka makeup remover) and feel it does the job extremely well. I really don’t see too much other competition out there for this cleansing oil so I’m definitely going to recommend this to anyone looking for an oil to remove makeup/sunscreen that is green and yet easy to wash off.

The Vitamin C Body Oil is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion. One of the top ingredients is actually Shea butter, which renders the texture a bit on the thicker side of body oils. The first time I used it, I was surprised to see the mixed texture being pumped out. What this means is this Body Oil is serious about moisture. A potential drawback is that it’s definitely on the heavy side so I tend to mix this up but applying it to the parts that need heavy duty (elbows!) Sometimes when I really just need to indulge my skin and wrap it in moisture, this is a full body treatment but other times it can just feel too heavy and a bit much especially if I need to go into bed right away or go out.

This Body Oil is said to firm and brighten skin which I’m not sure if I experienced but to be honest, it’s harder to determine if my elbows or lower legs have become firmer or brightened – I can definitely say they feel great and smooth, never dry!

Both products come in pretty generous 4 fl oz pump bottles and I love the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics label. I think the cleansing oil is a must-have product, best in its category and at $38 there is probably no excuse not to put it on your purchase list. The body oil didn’t hit it out of the ballpark as much but it is still a good product, and if you have dry skin and are looking for something heavy, this will be the product you’re looking for, at $58 it’s a bit more costly though a pretty good deal for the size.

This collection can be purchased from:
One Love Organics
Cap Beauty